Asma Jahangir responds to Dangerous Duffers’ propaganda

by admin

Sample of a forged photo.

Propagandists and apologists of Pakistan’s military establishment are currently busy in a sinister propaganda against Asma Jahangir, Pakistan’s foremost advocate of human rights and a leading lawyer.

Dangerous Duffers’ Propaganda

Do you recall Asma Jahangir’s outburst about Pak Army’s generals being ‘duffers, soon after the Osama killing?’……..and most recently her complete lack of confidence in nine judges of the Supreme Court hearing the admissability of the Memogate case?…….and a few days later, her complete loss of faith in the four-man tribunal formed to investigate the Memogate affair?Where does her heart lie? See for yourself….note her carrying ‘prasaad’ to Hindu temples, her saffron dress to match Bal Thakeray’s, her namaste to Indian heroes….Also speaks volumes about our PPP government who hired her to defend Haqqani.
Need one say more?

The following response by Asma Jahangir (circulated in a media network on google groups) is for those who can read English and understand it – not for the trolls of the Deep State and agents of the Dangerous Duffers.

Asma Jahangir’s Response

First the photo is of Fateh Pur Sikri. It was during a peace mission by 60 women and the photo is well publicized and also the jharokas of Fateh Pur can also be seen. Pity that they should portray it as a temple though I have visited several temples of all religions and churches.

Next the photo in front of Gandhi is put together by putting two photos together. Shame on the duffers to waste their time on these dirty tricks.

I did meet Modi and Balthakaray as UN investigator on freedom of religion. It was not only appropriate but essential to get their version on record and my report was welcomed by the victim groups in Gujrat and minority groups in India elsewhere. It is on the UN web and used extensively by UN mechanisms to hold violations of religious rights in India. Bigoted duffers and their henchmen should at least get their facts right before they embark on a prejudiced campaign of vilification.

The ISI-JI-PTI trolls and propagandists ought to be ashamed of themselves for trying to denigrate one of the finest, bravest Pakistanis alive today by forwarding photographs that, (some of which are true depictions while others are forged by photo-shopping), only show respect for another way of life. Shame on propagandists and haters!

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Sample of wrong caption on a photo.

Asma met several religious leaders in India as a UN envoy for peace and religious tolerance.

Asma met several leaders in India as a UN envoy for peace and religious tolerance. See how her picture was twisted by ISI-PTI-JI propagandists.

4 Comments to “Asma Jahangir responds to Dangerous Duffers’ propaganda”

  1. Asma Jahangir, we are with you. Shame on ISI propagandists and right wing trolls

  2. UNITED NATIONS General Assembly
    Distr.
    GENERAL
    26 January 2009
    .
    Original: ENGLISH
    HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL
    Tenth session
    Agenda item 3

    PROMOTION AND PROTECTION OF ALL HUMAN RIGHTS,
    CIVIL, POLITICAL, ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL
    RIGHTS, INCLUDING THE RIGHT TO DEVELOPMENT
    Report of the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief,
    Asma Jahangir*
    Addendum
    MISSION TO INDIA**

    GE.09-10462 (E) 290109

    Communal violence after the Godhra train burning incident (2002)
    With regard to the Gujarat massacre in 2002, the Special Rapporteur met a large number of eyewitnesses as well as people who visited Gujarat during the communal violence and she also received numerous reports, from both official bodies and civil society organisations. The Special Rapporteur also met a former Prime Minister of India and Members of Parliament who visited Gujarat soon after the riots in 2002. The state government reported that, prior to the Godhra train burning incident, Gujarat had witnessed 443 major communal incidents between 1970 and 2002. However, the massacre that took place after the tragic deaths in the Godhra train burning incident on 27 February 2002, is all the more horrifying since at least a thousand people were systematically killed. While the Special Rapporteur notes the controversy about the different conclusions of various public enquiries concerning the question whether the Godhra train burning incident was an accident or a deliberate criminal act, she would like to emphasize that there can be no justification for the large-scale killings and violence after 27 February 2002. In addition, there are credible reports that inaction by the authorities was evident and most of the Special Rapporteur’s interlocutors, including politicians, alleged complicity by the state government.

    While discussing the events with victims, the Special Rapporteur could see their continuing fear which was exacerbated by the distress that justice continues to evade most victims and survivors. A large number of criminal cases relating to the communal violence in 2002 remain un-investigated or have been closed by the Guj arat police and the plight of those internally displaced from their home continues. In addition, there is increasing ghettoization and isolation of Muslims in certain areas of Gujarat, for example in one part of Ahmedabad which is colloquially called “little Pakistan”. The assertion of the state government that development by itself will heal the wounds does not seem to be realistic. The Special Rapporteur believes that it is crucial to recognise that development without a policy of inclusiveness of all communities will only aggravate resentments.

    During her visit to Gujarat, the Special Rapporteur was also disturbed that at various meetings with members of civil society, plain-clothed government agents took names of her interlocutors and also made their presence felt afterwards. On several occasions, the Special Rapporteur had to insist that police officers left the room during her non-governmental meetings. The terms of reference for fact-finding missions by Special Rapporteurs (E/CN.4/ 1998/45, appendix V) guarantee confidential and unsupervised contact of the Special Rapporteur with witnesses and other private persons. Furthermore, she would like to remind the authorities in Gujarat of the Government’s assurance according to these terms of reference “that no persons, official or private individuals who have been in contact with the special rapporteur/representative in relation to the mandate will for this reason suffer threats, harassment or punishment or be subjected to judicial proceedings”.

    The Special rapporteur was informed that some films are effectively Censored or even by non-State actors due to intimidation and mob pressure. Regrettably, professionals of the visual arts industry seem to routinely seek the approval of self-appointed custodians of religious sentiments before finalising a film which touches upon communal issues. A number of film producers and directors confirmed to the Special Rapporteur that they felt compelled to get their scripts cleared by a Hindu leader in Mumbai in order to avoid subsequent mob violence. This shows how religious intolerance might adversely affect cultural and commercial activities. At the same time, culture and media may be used as powerful tools to foster mutual tolerance, respect and understanding. The Special Rapporteur would like to emphasize that there are a number of positive examples where Indian films contributed to public education with regard to religious tolerance and inter-communal harmony.

    (a) Christians
    Widespread violence in the Kandhamal district of Orissa in December 2007 primarily targeted Christians in Dalit and tribal communities. The Special Rapporteur received credible reports that members of the Christian community alerted the authorities and politicians in advance of the planned attacks of 24-27 December 2007. The police, too, had warned Christian leaders about anticipated violence. In its report on the events of December 2007, the National Commission for Minorities confirmed that “destruction on such a large scale in places which are difficult to access could not have taken place without advance preparation and planning”.

    The situation in Orissa has reportedly deteriorated again after 23 August 2008, when Swami Lakhmananda Saraswati, a local leader of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), and four other VHP members were killed. Although a Maoist leader had claimed responsibility and the Christian leadership had condemned the killings, organized mobs subsequently attacked Christians in Dalit and tribal communities. By the end of September 2008, more than 40 people had allegedly been killed in Orissa, over 4,000 Christian homes destroyed and around 50 churches demolished. Around 20,000 people were living in relief camps and more than 40,000 people hiding in forests and others places. The Special Rapporteur was profoundly alarmed by the humanitarian situation in relief camps where access to food, safe drinking water, medical care, proper sanitary arrangements and adequate clothing were reportedly lacking.

    (b) Muslims

    Members of the Muslim community in India shared their concerns about the ongoing repercussions of communal violence, for example after the Gujarat massacre in 2002 (below, paras. 34-36). Many of the Muslim interlocutors informed the Special Rapporteur during her mission that a number of them have been arrested on ill-founded suspicion of terrorism. Some of them even encountered problems in finding a lawyer who would be prepared to defend a terrorist suspect. For example, the Lucknow Bar Association reportedly passed a resolution that none of its members should represent the accused of a terrorist act carried out in the state, but the Lucknow Bar Association subsequently reflected on its position. Moreover, many Muslims were disturbed that terrorism was associated with their religion despite various public statements from Muslim leadership denouncing terrorism. There have been complaints about a continuing bias among security forces against Muslims in Jammu and Kashmir who also seem to face difficulties with regard to the issuance of passports and security clearances for employment purposes.

    However, a large number of her interlocutors, including Muslims, also expressed their concerns about continued radicalization and cross-border terrorism. They lamented that the radicalisation of certain Muslims had an adverse impact on the entire community because communal relations hardened after every act of terrorism carried out by a militant group of Muslims. Some Muslim interlocutors regretted that after such events they were expected to “prove their loyalty to the State of India”, which constituted an indignity towards them as Indian citizens.

    Mr. Amor in his country report had already highlighted the “exploitation of religion for political purposes, which is an alien practice and detrimental to Indian Muslims and to Islam” (E/CN.4/1997/91/Add.1, para. 52). In addition, a large number of official and non-official interlocutors from all communities expressed anguish at the continued operation of militant groups of Muslims carrying out acts of terrorism. A number of people interviewed by the Special Rapporteur were deeply concerned that effective measures were not being taken by the central Government against such militant groups whom they accused of maintaining links with foreign elements. Others were concerned that militancy itself as well as the counter-terrorism measures adopted by the Government would undermine the enjoyment of human rights.

    With regard to the social, economic and educational status of the Muslim community of India, a recent report analysed issues relating to demography, education, health, employment, credit, infrastructure and public programmes. The report for example highlights problems with regard to access to good quality schools in Muslim localities and “communal” content of school textbooks. Furthermore, the share of Muslims in employment in various government departments is abysmally low at all levels. A relatively high number of Muslim workers are engaged in self-employment activity, particularly in urban areas. Some banks have reportedly designated a number of Muslim concentration areas as zones where bank credit and other facilities are not easily provided. The health of Muslims, especially women, is directly linked to poverty and the absence of basic services like clean drinking water and sanitation. The Special Rapporteur would also like to refer to her latest report to the Human Rights Council (A/HRC/10/8, paras. 29-62) in which she analyses the international legal framework and provides some examples of discrimination based on religion or belief and its impact on the enjoyment of economic, social and cultural rights.

  3. The great asma Jahangir

  4. Aasma jahangir is a traitor.

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